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War visit to remember

AHEAD of Remembrance Sunday, a group of students from the Sixth Form College, Solihull, went on a poignant trip to the Western Front.

AHEAD of Remembrance Sunday, a group of students from the Sixth Form College, Solihull, went on a poignant trip to the Western Front.

The teenagers visited the battlefields at Ieper and Ypres, where thousands of soldiers were killed during the First World War.

During their stay, they also dropped in at some local museums and a reconstruction of the trenches. And while paying their respects at the Commonwealth and German cemeteries, the group found a memorial unveiled last year by British veteran Harry Patch.

The soldier, who had seen his friends killed during the battle of Passchendaele, died in July at the age of 111. He had unveiled the memorial during a visit last September.

Mick Jennings, tour leader, said: “We ended the tour with a few moments of quiet reflection after a very successful trip. The dignity and compassion of our students and others visiting the battlefields is inspirational. Many were moved by the experience.”

 

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